Friendly rivalry Renewed at Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon

June 14, 2013


by Paul Gains

As far as rivalries go Canada’s leading female marathoners Krista Duchene and Lanni Marchant are on extremely good terms. No trash talking, no mud slinging. Cooperation up to a point.

In the absence of dedicated pacemakers the pair helped each other to personal bests at the 2012 Rotterdam Marathon which qualified them to represent Canada at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow later in the summer. But a major test of their preparedness comes June 23rd at the Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon, a race that Duchene won a year ago in 1:14:03.

“When we ran in Rotterdam we had never even met until we got there,” Duchene reveals, “and we just clicked in that first race working together. Obviously, in the end, it’s any person’s race. But, as the distance gets longer your competition also becomes your ally.”

Duchene began her 2013 Canadian season with a hard fought and very surprising victory at the Harry’s Spring Run Off 8km while Marchant won the Toronto Yonge Street 10k. Those events, as well as the SVHM,  are part of the Canada Running Series.

They met again at the Ottawa 10k where Marchant placed 6th in 32:46 with Duchene 7th in 32:52.

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Large elite field to vie for Whistler Half titles

May 29, 2013

By Eric MacKenzie, Whistler Question

With a former champion returning and more elite runners filling out the field than ever before, the third edition of The North Face Whistler Half Marathon is already shaping up to be a competitive race.

Race organizers learned Monday (May 20) that Vancouver’s David Palermo would not be back to defend his title from 2012 as expected, but the event is still drawing a talented group of B.C. runners that includes last year’s other podium finishers — Jason Loutitt of Squamish and Edward McCarthy from Vancouver.

Former Whistler resident Care Nelson, the 2011 women’s winner of the Whistler Half Marathon, is also back for the June 1 race after placing second last year.

“I love Whistler and take any excuse I can get to come visit. I keep coming back for The North Face Whistler Half Marathon because it’s an all-around incredible event,” Nelson said in a press release. “It’s so well organized and spectator-friendly, and includes great guest speakers, an awards ceremony and entertainment for all ages.”

To qualify for elite runner status, male entrants must have completed a previous half marathon in less than one hour, 15 minutes. The benchmark for women is 1:25.

Also part of the men’s elite field will be David Jackson of Abbotsford, Nicholas Browne of Vancouver — the sixth-place full-distance finisher in this year’s BMO Vancouver Marathon — and fellow B.C. runners Colin Wallace, Mike Chandler and Geoff Reid.

Former Whistler resident Kristina Rody has been named to the elite women’s field alongside Nelson, Tina Connelly, Catrin Jones and Amy Schneeberg.

“Elite runners are always a spectator favourite,” said race director Dave Clark in the release. “This year’s men’s and ladies’ sides are well-stacked with runners and the race will be great from anywhere along the course.”

This year’s race will also award a prize purse of $1,600 to the top finishers. The sold-out event will include a 10-kilometre course for the first time, with runners leaving the Whistler Olympic Plaza start line between 7 and 8 a.m. next Saturday (June 1).

Meanwhile, there’s a way for spectators to come away with prizes this year with the announcement of the race’s Cheer For Gear contest. Spectators are encouraged to think of a creative way to cheer on the runners on race day, then register that cheer on the event website. The competitors themselves will then vote on their favourite cheer, with the winning entrant receiving a camping equipment package worth more than $900 from The North Face.

Visit to register your cheer and find full event details.

UBC’s NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships Previews

May 22, 2013

BY: Devin Rajala ( 

VANCOUVER – A group of nine UBC Thunderbirds men and 17 women are in Marion, Indiana for the  NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The meet runs May 23-25 on the on the campus of Indiana Wesleyan University.
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Four BC Race Walkers named as Athletics Canada’s Panamerican Race Walking Cup Team

May 9, 2013

OTTAWA – Athletics Canada announced four athletes that will travel to Guatemala City, Guatemala to compete at the Panamerican Race Walking Cup on May 25 and 26. Connolly, Dunfee, Gomez and Thorne will all head south to compete in the 20km race walk which takes place at 4:00pm local time (6:00pm eastern time) on Saturday May 25.

“Canada’s Senior Men Race Walkers are ready to show the rest of the western hemisphere that we are once again contenders for the top spots”, comments Gerry Dragomir, Head coach of the contingent heading to Guatemala City. “This team representing Canada is the strongest senior men’s 20km race walk team that has ever been sent into competition. These young men have trained together since they were juniors and know the event, as well as their competitors, better than most. Up to now we have only been shown a few promising glimpses of what these athletes are capable of. This is a challenging event for us with the altitude, heat and long travel; a set of good finishes here will create a lot of excitement for the bigger events to come.”

The team will be led by Vancouver, B.C.’s Inaki Gomez whose international experience is highlighted by his 2012 Olympic debut last summer in London, England. Gomez set a new Canadian record at the Games with a time of 1:20:58 over 20km and this time also registered him a standard towards making the 2013 International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Championships team.

Also heading to Guatemala is Creighton Connolly of Vancouver, B.C., who represented Canada last year at the IAAF World Race Walk Cup in Saransk, Russia registering personal best performances in both the 10km and 20km race walks.

Richmond, B.C.’s Evan Dunfee won gold at the NACAC U-23 championships last season over 20000m (on track) race walk. He also clenched the 2012 National title in the senior 10km race walk.

Benjamin Thorne of Kitimat, B.C., is competing in his first senior year. As a junior last season Benjamin won both the Canadian 10km and 20km race walk Championships while setting new Canadian Junior Records of 40:26 and 1:21:55 in the two events respectively.

The Panamerican Race Walking Cup course is located in the Simeon Canas Avenue which has a one-kilometre closed loop. 45 countries are expected to compete.

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Weekend Roundup

April 11, 2013

Looking back to last weekend (click on the links for full stories):

Browne coasts to victory, Brooking defends title at 36th Fool’s Run

Merritt’s Aabye wins 2nd OC Half Marathon

Runners tear it up in Merville 15K

UBC captures the 2013 Achilles Cup over SFU

Croft leads Clan at Achilles Cup

Nuttall breaks High Jump record at Achilles Cup

Records fall at the Province Gran Forsa V presented by Telus

And looking ahead to this weekend:

Saturday sees the inaugural Harriers Bob Reid Magical Mile in Victoria

And on Burnaby Mountain, the Emilie Mondor Spring Open

On Sunday, the Interior Road Race Series action continues with the Oliver “Wine Capital of Canada” 10K

The MEC Road Race Series gets underway in Victoria

The racing season kicks off in Prince Rupert with the Half Marathon and 8K

And Up The Creek offers 10K, 5K and a Kids 1K options in Port Coquitlam

Finally, Monday is the Boston Marathon.

Weekend action to look forward to

April 5, 2013

After the lull for Easter, lots of action to look forward to this weekend.

On Saturday…

Indoor track at the Richmond Oval features high school teams from across the province competing in the Gran Forza V, a five person pentathlon.

The sold out Diez Vista 50K takes ultra runners on a tour around Sasamat and Buntzen Lakes and surrounding areas near Port Moody.

And MEC Vancouver hosts the second race of their series, with 5K and 10K options at Burnaby Lake.

On Sunday…

Competition resumes in each of the regional road race series.

The penultimate race in the Frontrunners Island Race Series heads up Island to Campbell River for the Merville 15K.–sunday-april-7

The Lower Mainland Road Race Series takes the ferry to Gibsons for the BMO Sunshine Coast April Fool’s Half Marathon, the fourth race in the series. Palermo and Brooking returning to defend titles.

And the fourth race in the Canadian Tire Interior Road Race Series is also a half marathon, the Okanagan College Half in Kelowna.

In the Fraser Valley, Heritage to Hatzic offers 5K and 10K events in Mission.

And finally, on the track on Burnaby Mountain, SFU host the annual Achilles Cup dual meet against cross town rivals UBC.


Weekend Race Previews

March 22, 2013

Another busy weekend of road racing around BC.

Kip Kangogo, Lisa Harvey confirmed to defend titles as CRS 2013 begins at Vancouver Spring Run Off 8K

Jim Finlayson chasing Canadian Masters Record at Comox Valley RV Half Marathon

And racing gets underway in the North, with the Heights Fiver (5K and 8K) in Prince George.